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Compaq Evo N600c Notebook - Configuring the BIOS

Entering and Exiting the BIOS

Power on the system. Press F10 when the blinking cursor appears in the upper-right portion of the screen. Select a task from the following menus: File, Security, or Advanced.
To exit the Bios, select the File menu. Choose either Ignore changes and exit or Save changes and exit, and then press Enter. When you are prompted to confirm your choice, press F10.

Displaying System Information

Choose System Information from the File menu to display the System Information screen. This screen shows the system model, processor type, ROM BIOS version, and more.
If for some reason the serial number tag is not present on the bottom of the notebook, the serial number can be located in the System Information section.
Figure : Example of System Information

Enabling Device Security

To enable device security, follow these steps:
  1. From the Computer Setup screen, select Security
  2. select Device Security
  3. Toggle each choice between Enable or Disable using the arrow keys.
  4. Press F10 to accept the changes.
Figure : Example of the Device Security Screen

Changing Languages

To change the Computer Setup language, follow these steps:
  1. From the Computer Setup Screen, select Advanced, and then Language.
  2. Use the arrow keys to highlight the desired language.
  3. Press F10 to accept the changes.
Figure : Example of the Change Language Screen

Changing the Device Options

To change the device options, select Advanced from the Computer Setup screen, then select Device Options.
The options that can be set / changed are
  • Enable or disable the embedded numeric keypad at startup.
  • Enable or disable multiple standard pointing devices at startup. To set the computer to support only a single, usually nonstandard, pointing device at startup, select disable.
  • Enable or disable USB legacy support for a USB keyboard. When USB legacy support is enabled, the keyboard works even when a Windows operating system is not loaded.
  • Set an optional external monitor or overhead projector connected to a video card in a docking base as the primary device. When the computer display is set as secondary, the computer must be shut down before undocking.
  • Change the parallel port mode from bi-directional, which is the default, to standard, Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP), or Enhanced Capabilities Port (ECP) .
  • Set video-out mode to NTSC (default), PAL, NTSC-J, or PAL-M. Video modes vary even within regions. Other South and Central American regions may use NTSC, PAL, or PAL-M. However, the following are common settings:
    • NTSC - North America
    • PAL - Europe, Africa, and Middle East
    • NTSC-J - Japan
    • PAL-M - Brazil
  • Enable or disable all settings in the SpeedStep window. When disable is selected, the computer runs in Battery Optimized mode.
  • Specify how the computer recognizes multiple, identical docking bases that are identically equipped. Select disable to recognize the docking bases as a single docking base; select enable to recognize the docking bases individually, by serial number.
  • Enable or disable the reporting of the processor serial number by the processor to software.
Figure : Example of the Device Options Screen

Resetting CMOS

System configuration settings are stored in CMOS memory. Restoring defaults in the Computer Setup utility will restore most of the system settings. If the system configuration has become corrupt and you cannot boot the system, use the following procedure to reset all the current CMOS settings and return the computer to its factory default settings.
Clearing CMOS resets the CMOS values to their factory defaults and erases any customized information, excluding passwords and asset numbers. Do not reset CMOS unless you are sure the system configuration is corrupt or you want to reset the original configuration.
To reset CMOS, follow these steps:
  1. Turn off the system.
  2. Turn on the system, and simultaneously press the FNand F11 keys when the system begins to boot. The system reboots.
  3. Reset the desired CMOS settings using the Computer Setup utility.

Clearing System Password

To clear the System Password, follow these steps:
  1. Remove all power from the system, including batteries and AC power.
  2. Remove the RTC battery.
  3. Wait approximately five minutes.
  4. Reconnect the power cord and power cycle the system. (This drains the small charge that is still on the CMOS.)
  5. Shut the system down and disconnect the power cord.
  6. Replace the RTC battery and reassemble the computer.
  7. Connect AC power to the computer. Do not reinsert any battery packs at this time.
  8. Turn on the computer. The "System options not set" message is displayed.
  9. Press F1 to reboot the system.
  10. Enter the Setup Utility and reset passwords and CMOS settings.

Tools Menu

The tools menu allows a user to perform the following:
  • Battery Calibration
    • System Battery
    • Multibay Battery
    • Docking Station Battery
  • Hard Drive Self Test
    1. Quick Test (2 Minutes)
    2. Comprehensive Test (29 Minutes)






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